S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson might have received the cold shoulder from Tony Stark in "Iron Man," but he'll get at least two more chances to earn a warm reception from Marvel movie audiences when he returns in "Iron Man 2" and "Thor."
Played by Clark Gregg, Agent Coulson will return for both the "Iron Man" sequel and Kenneth Branagh's "Thor," according to Variety. The return of Gregg's character only further confirms the presence of S.H.I.E.L.D. throughout the overarching Marvel movie narrative — a common line likely to culminate in the superhero team-up film "The Avengers."
Gregg previously spoke to MTV News about his character's association with Nick Fury (played by Sam Jackson) and the S.H.I.E.L.D. bible he received prior to joining the "Iron Man" cast.
"There are two people I want to work for: Barack Obama and Nick Fury," said Gregg.
The presence of the government agency in "Thor," however, indicates that the film will indeed be grounded in the more realistic world of "Iron Man" — an issue that both "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. have expressed concern about in the past.
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